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Israeli Movie ‘Foxtrot’ Is Frontrunner for Top Prize at Venice Film Festival

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A scene from the Israeli film “Foxtrot.” Photo: Screenshot/YouTube. – The Israeli film “Foxtrot” is a frontrunner at the Venice Film Festival to win the Golden Lion award, the event’s top prize.

The film, which is partially influenced by director Samuel Maoz’s own military experience in the IDF, details the story of an affluent Tel Aviv couple that is informed its young son, a soldier, has been killed in the line of duty at an isolated roadblock in Israel’s Negev desert.

Critics at the Italian festival have praised “Foxtrot,” while in Israel, Maoz has been reproached for his depiction of the IDF and the effect that decades of conflict have had on the Israeli population.

“I could create a [story of] horrible crime in the Israeli police and nobody would say [anything],” said Maoz, according to The Associated Press. “But if you touch the army, this is very, very sensitive.”

Foxtrot’s nomination for the film festival’s top prize comes eight years after Maoz’s debut feature film, the critically acclaimed “Lebanon,” won the Golden Lion award. Foxtrot premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 2 and will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 7.

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